Wollongong R&D facility reopens

The Andrew Corporation yesterday officially opened the Wollongong-based R&D facility it acquired from Nortel Networks.

The research centre will play a crucial role in the company's global expansion plans in wireless mobile location services.

It is the company's first R&D facility outside of China and is located at the University of Wollongong.

Andrew Corporation has added a number of additional engineers and support staff since the August 2005 acquisition.

Terry Garner, network solutions group president at Andrew Corp, said the team are innovators in wireless location services and recognized for their work in defining the new architecture and standards for secure user plane location (SUPL) and control plane location capabilities, as well as determining location in Internet Protocol networks.

Andrew acquired the facility and approximately 40 employees, along with products and customers, in an agreement with last year Nortel for its wireless location business assets. Andrew also has about 55 other employees in Australia in Campbellfield, Victoria, (sales, operations, and administration) and in Padstow, New South Wales (engineering).

The opening was attended by Small Business Minister David Campbell and Professor Margaret Sheil, acting vice chancellor at the university.

"The adoption of the mobile location technology by telecommunications companies in North America demonstrates that Australia has the skills to create, develop, and support products that compete in the global marketplace," Campbell said.

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